Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
David Mellor gets seasonal with a new Nutcracker.
This Saturday, for his Album of the Week, David Mellor has chosen a superb new recording of Tchaikovsky's seasonal Christmas ballet, Nutcracker.
It features Neeme Jarvi conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on the Chandos label (CHSA5144).
This complete, uncut version of Nutcracker follows Jarvi's critically acclaimed and award-winning recordings of The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.
David describes the music as "extremely well played."
"What you don't always get is the music unleashed. All of Tchaikovsky's ballet music has got fantastic symphonic power and what Jarvi does is forget about the dancers, he plays it as an orchestral experience - which it is," says David.